Once the brackets were installed, it was relatively easy to build the shelves. I bought 8" wide pine boards and Jon cut them to the right length. I wanted them to be a rich, medium brown and none of the available stains looked right. In the end, I copied a friend's technique and used Minwax medium walnut, but wiped it off before the recommended time. I'm happy with the color. I sealed them with three coats of polyurethane.
For the canisters, I mostly used mason jars that I had on hand. The large canisters on the bottom shelf are pickle jars that I bought at Fifth Season, one of my favorite shops in Charlottesville. They carry a wide array of "urban DIY" products for home fermenters, brewers, cheese makers, bee keepers, and canners.
Across the bottom row: Sugar, Oatmeal, Whole Wheat Flour, Bread Flour. I keep all-purpose flour in a large tin on the counter. It holds fifteen pounds of flour and it's awesome. I bought it from the old "Martha by Mail" catalog. Anyone remember it and that 1930's green that was so popular for a while? I fell hard for that 1930's green. I think Martha was the one who started the trend in the first place. I stenciled the word "Flour" on it, but it looks a bit messy. I'd like to re-enamel the whole thing white, with black letters. Slight digression, but the Martha by Mail catalog was the best. I just read that the catalogs themselves are considered collectible. I can't find the resale value of my flour tin (not that I would ever part with it) but the yellow ware mixing bowl set, that I probably paid somewhere between $50-$75 for was listed on ebay recently for $500.
I did not realize how dirty my tin was until I saw the photo. (The inside is pristine, I promise.) It has been in constant use for well over ten years. (I can't remember when I bought it, but Martha by Mail folded in 2004.) I am not responsible for the red countertops. Those came courtesy of the former owners, and honestly, they are now nearly twenty-seven years old and are in pretty good shape.
I'll share more photos once I get everything arranged to my satisfaction. I am not going to dispense all of my spices into twee little jars. Only the ones I used most often. The bottle carrier on the top shelf (which I bought at Fifth Season) was going to be my silverware solution. A wide-mouth quart-sized canning jar fits into each section and I was going to store forks, spoons, and knives in each, but now I'm not convinced that this is the best solution. It would take up a lot of counter space, for one thing. I'd like to find a creative way to use the hole where the drawers used to be. At one time, I had baskets stacked in there, but the space is so narrow, it was too difficult to install shelves inside to support individual baskets.